9 October 2006

A major collaboration between the BBC and FACT, Free Thinking is a lively weekend of lectures, debates, interviews and performance. Bringing together writers, artists, scientists, philosophers and political thinkers serious topics will be tackled inlcuding new technology, cities, loneliness, sex and morality in future society. The festival is staged by BBC Radio 3 in association with BBC Radio Merseyside with most of the sessions staged at FACT.

Other contributors include Phil Redmond, founder of Mersey TV, architect Piers Gough, Frank Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead, writers Mark Ravenhill, Howard Jacobson, Linda Grant and Booker Prize winner A. S. Byatt plus BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips. Nobel prize winner Professor Doreen Massey will deliver the first Open University Radio Lecture from FACT entitled "Is the World Really Shrinking?"

Other debates and events at FACT include "Will Our Grandchildren Be Robotic?", "Speed Dating with a Thinker" and "Who Does Technology Put in Charge?".